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Biden says nuclear ‘Armageddon’ risk highest since Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962

NEW YORK — President Joe Biden warned on Thursday that the risk of a nuclear “Armageddon” is at its highest level since the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 and that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “not joking” about using tactical nuclear weapons.

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Biden, speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Putin’s threats to use nuclear, biological or chemical weapons should not be taken lightly.

“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since (John F. Kennedy) and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” the president said, according to The Associated Press.

The president also challenged the nuclear doctrine of Russia, warning that lower-yield tactical weapons could quickly escalate out of control into a global confrontation, the AP reported.

“I don’t (think) there is any such a thing as the ability to easily use a tactical weapon and not end up with Armageddon,” Biden said during his speech.